for Veterans and the Public
How can I prevent it? - Hepatitis A for Patients
Practice good personal hygiene
Because so many cases of hepatitis A are due to close contact with an infected person, you should always practice good personal hygiene, especially by washing your hands.
Be careful in high-risk situations
- Boil water or drink bottled water in areas where there is a risk for hepatitis A contamination.
- Eat cooked foods and fruits that you can peel and avoid eating vegetables or fruits that could have been washed with contaminated water, such as lettuce.
- Avoid eating raw or steamed shellfish, such as oysters, that live in contaminated waters.
- Use condoms correctly and every time you have sex. (See Tips for Using Condoms, on the VA HIV/AIDS website.)
The best way to prevent hepatitis A is to get vaccinated. The vaccine is very effective and can keep you from ever getting hepatitis A. You will not get hepatitis A from the vaccine.